Global provider of employee engagement solutions Grass Roots, has announced Richard King has taken over as Group Non-Executive Chairman with effect from 1 February 2014.
Nat Solomon, who had been Acting Chairman since David Evans’ retirement as Executive Chairman in 2013, will continue as a Director in a non-executive capacity.
Richard King joined as a non-executive Director for the Grass Roots Group (GRG) in January 2013 and in the last year has taken on many key responsibilities associated with Board decisions.
Last year saw a major reconfiguration of the business and associated appointments, such as that of Richard Bandell as CEO.
From 1975 King was with professional services firm Ernst & Young, becoming the youngest audit partner in the UK in 1986 and worked in various capacities specialising in providing advice to fast-growth entrepreneurial businesses.
He became Managing Partner UK & Ireland in 2006.
With the creation of the new Executive Leadership Team, which comprises the heads of each of the four global company divisions, representatives for Technology and People, and the usual executive roles, Grass Roots has a renewed focus on its core strategic priorities.
“After a year of significant change within the Grass Roots Group, the company is now well placed to take advantage of its scale and market-leading position. I very much look forward to overseeing the next stage of its development. We have a strong executive team in place and I am eager to be a part of the exciting plans for future growth,” said King.
Richard Bandell, Grass Roots CEO, thanked Nat Solomon for his interim support: “Our sincere thanks to Nat Solomon for stepping up and carrying out the role of Acting Chairman over the last year. Nat’s unrivalled experience and industry knowledge are greatly valued and we are delighted that he will continue as a non-executive Director alongside David Evans, David Hackett and the non-executive representatives from our major shareholder, WPP PLC.
“We also welcome Richard King’s appointment as Non-Executive Chairman on the Group Board. His involvement and expertise have made a positive impact over the last 12 months, and I look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship that Richard has fostered between the Executive Leadership Team and the Group Board.”
Founded in the UK in 1980, GRG operates in 15 countries and has 14,000 clients, including 41 of the FTSE 100.
Grass Roots in the UK has been listed in the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Sunday Times list of Best 100 companies to work for.
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